Environmental group calls Sen. Bill Nelson's red snapper bill 'serious setback'

Posted on July 15, 2010 by Tampa Bay Times

An environmental group Thursday sharply criticized legislation by Sen. Bill Nelson that would delay plans to scale back South Atlantic red snapper fishing.

“This bill undermines the plan that federal fishery managers approved in June to put this species on the road to recovery," said Holly Binns manager of Pew Environment Group's campaign to end overfishing. "Red snapper are at 3 percent of healthy population levels and they may not survive without the protections scientists recommended. The red snapper recovery is on the right track, but this could deliver a serious setback.”

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